Uggs = Implied Liberal Guilt in Boot Form.

Y’know, back when I didn’t have to travel to subzero climes on a regular basis, I could easily shrug off the whole uggs thing. It was easy enough to laugh at the 13-year old boho wannabes in their pink sheepskins paired with booty shorts in the middle of summer, because they so obviously were unnecessary. Then I bought my first pair of sheepskin boots two winters ago in anticipation of a Christmas trip to Finland and it went downhill from there. I hadn’t researched brands and didn’t know about the feuds, name disputes and lawsuits going on between larger manufacturers, …

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Cute + Ecologically Responsible =

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Ransacked the duty-free shop whilst cruising the Baltic Sea earlier this week. Found an entire rack of the most adorable recycled-fabric purses, made by Globe Hope, a design company specializing in repurposed fashion. Bought this little messenger bag, formerly a 1930’s Swedish army felt winter jacket, now decorated with vintage lace and numerous pockets, for ~€36. Each bag is unique due to the vintage materials, and you can tell from the amount of duty-free liquor bottles stuffed into this particular example that they are quite sturdy, too!

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Questionable brassieres.

There is a fine line between retro and lookin’ like something grammy wears because full-coverage support trumps aesthetics. Sonia Rykiel, your H&M collection is treading it very, very closely. I shall have to pass, though will happily forward screenshots to my mother, who has been waiting for the look to come back for decades…

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Dear Anna Sui

Despite the kerfuffle involved with trying to link the “Gossip Girl” brand to your new Target collection, and certain pieces’ similarities to your old collections, I am admittedly rather excited to see these garments hit the racks. They are all adorable and refreshingly pretty after the weird angular throwbacks from this past year. I know that these are supposed to be the “value-priced” versions, but you will still make my credit card cry. Cheers, Pierydys

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Dear Tracy Feith

Sigh. I actually had some fragile hopes for your GO International collection, but they were dashed to the cold, hard ground the minute I saw the racks. Between the neon mumu and the Olvera Street bag lady dress, I just don’t know what to think anymore. The Goth Loli spanky bloomers are kind of amusing, but since when has the liberal use of clunky metal zippers on light cotton beachwear *ever* been a good idea? Has it really been a whole year since anything semi-cute has come out of this program? I mourn.

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Shopaholic: Mitsuwa Marketplace

I readily admit that I’m horribly nosy when it comes to what’s in other people’s kitchen cupboards. It says almost as much about them as a medicine cabinet, only without as much taboo. Ours has a pretty huge mishmash of stuff from various ethnic stores alongside generic stuff from mainstream supermarkets, as can be expected from a fairly mixed household in the middle of an even more mixed part of the country. I thought it might be fun to share some of my most recent haul when I visited one of our staple stores, Mitsuwa Marketplace in Costa Mesa.

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I just finished filing my income tax returns. And wow, does it make me feel older than Methusaleh to admit that I have to do that now, and that I’m responsible enough to do it this early. Good thing TeleFile makes it painless even for mathematical morons like yours truly. And now, I get to start window shopping for the one splurge item I shall allow myself before putting the rest away for More Important Matters. I can tell you right now that I will never in my life purchase (1) those damnedugly clunky boots that I’m very happy have …

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Hee. So my cubicle is in the back corner of the block furthest away from my supervisor and none of the other people who are my immediate neighbors are here today. I have a fast connection and a happy computer. There is very little in my inbox to do and I need to make it last for the entire day. I have to sound like I’m typing because that obviously means I’m being productive. So that I can be paid to update my LJ. Sometimes, work is cool. In other news, multi-packs of little boys’ cartoon-emblazoned briefs ROCK. Besides being …

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The Order of Glitter Picks ‘n’ Pans of the Week

IN THEATERS: Minority Report: Wherein Steve manages to *not* leave us pained and feeling vaguely gummy by the ending. A very decently wrought flick. Lesson definitely learned from AI. Either that, or his staff is doing a better job of spritzing his nose whenever he decides he’s come up with a “better” re-write. Of course, we’re pretty sure we know where the original ending was and where he decided a new one was needed. All the same, it worked out decently. Steve: Hey guys! *waves around newly revised script* So I rethought the ending, and wouldn’t it be great if …

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